Today I’m interviewing Julie Mulhern, author of cozy mystery / women’s fiction “The Deep End”. I hope you enjoy the interview!
Have you been writing for a long time?
I got serious about writing in 2013. That’s when I got serious about learning the craft of writing – how to structure a story, a chapter, a sentence.
What inspired you to start a writing career?
I’ve always wanted to be a writer. My seventh grade English teacher, Dottie McCord, inspired me.
Is The Deep End your first book?
The Deep End is my first book published, but it’s not my first book. My first book, A Haunting Desire, will release in July. It’s a historic romance set in New Orleans in 1902, complete with murder, voodoo and ghosts.
Why did you choose cozy mystery as genre for your book?
I love mysteries but am not a huge fan of gore. Growing up, I devoured books by Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Josephine Tey. When I decided to write a mystery, I used those authors as inspiration.
Frankly, The Deep End is a bit edgy for some cozy readers. Fortunately, most readers have embraced a cozy that’s a bit uncozy. Vive la differénce!
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write, read then write some more.
Get ahold of Writing Screenplays that Sell by Michael Hauge. It’s a blueprint for structuring genre fiction.
As for the writing itself, join a critique group.
Finally, follow agents on twitter who do #10queries. In 140 characters, they’ll tell you WHY they rejected a book or asked for more. Writing needs work is a frequent reason.
Do you have any works in progress you’d like to tell us about?
Right now, I’m working on copy edits for Guaranteed to Bleed, the second mystery in the Country Club Murders series. I’m also finishing up the first draft of A Haunting Need, a second book that takes place in turn of the century New Orleans.
Hopefully in June, I’ll begin the first draft of Clouds in my Coffee, which will my third mystery.
About the Book
Author: Julie Mulhern
Genre: Cozy Mystery / Women’s Fiction
Swimming into the lifeless body of her husband’s mistress tends to ruin a woman’s day, but becoming a murder suspect can ruin her whole life.
It’s 1974 and Ellison Russell’s life revolves around her daughter and her art. She’s long since stopped caring about her cheating husband, Henry, and the women with whom he entertains himself. That is, until she becomes a suspect in Madeline Harper’s death. The murder forces Ellison to confront her husband’s proclivities and his crimes—kinky sex, petty cruelties and blackmail.
As the body count approaches par on the seventh hole, Ellison knows she has to catch a killer. But with an interfering mother, an adoring father, a teenage daughter, and a cadre of well-meaning friends demanding her attention, can Ellison find the killer before he finds her?
Julie Mulhern is a Kansas City native who grew up on a steady diet of Agatha Christie. She spends her spare time whipping up gourmet meals for her family, working out at the gym and finding new ways to keep her house spotlessly clean–and she’s got an active imagination. Truth is–she’s an expert at calling for take-out, she grumbles about walking the dog and the dust bunnies under the bed have grown into dust lions. She is a 2014 Golden Heart® Finalist. The Deep End is her first mystery and is the winner of The Sheila Award.